These podcasts are recorded live in Los Angeles Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium as part of the award-winning ALOUD at Central Library speaker series presented by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. ALOUD podcasts are updated on a weekly basis. Initial funding for ALOUD podcasts was made possible by Arent Fox LLP.


Rachel Sussman holding onto a book
Rachel Sussman, Ursula K. Heise
February 17, 2016
Arts & Entertainment
Ingrid Betancourt
Ingrid Betancourt, Alicia Partnoy
February 9, 2016
Arts & Entertainment
Elizabeth Alexander and Kevin Young
Elizabeth Alexander, Kevin Young
February 4, 2016
Arts & Entertainment
Trash can fire
Luis J. Rodríguez, Michael Meade, John Densmore
January 20, 2016
Arts & Entertainment
Brian Seibert
Brian Seibert, Sarah Reich, Danny Janklow, Sasha Anawalt
January 14, 2016
Arts & Entertainment
Michael Cunningham
Michael Cunningham, Aimee Bender
December 2, 2015
Arts & Entertainment, Fiction/Literature
Simon Winchester
Simon Winchester, Tom Lutz
November 10, 2015
Arts & Entertainment, California/The West, Current Events, Fiction/Literature
Author Stacy Schiff
Stacy Schiff, Jon Wiener
November 4, 2015
Arts & Entertainment, History/Bio, Religion/Spirituality
Author Sandra Cisneros
Sandra Cisneros, Reyna Grande
October 28, 2015
Arts & Entertainment, California/The West, Essay/Memoir, Fiction/Literature
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Robin D.G. Kelley
October 26, 2015
Current Events, Essay/Memoir, Fiction/Literature
man waving rainbow flag
Roberta Kaplan, Lillian Faderman, Patt Morrison
October 19, 2015
Arts & Entertainment, Current Events, Essay/Memoir, History/Bio, Social Sci/Politics
Author Mona Eltahawy
Mona Eltahawy, Kelly McEvers
October 8, 2015
Arts & Entertainment, Current Events, Essay/Memoir, Social Sci/Politics
man holding up a Clay Water Brick
Jessica Jackley, Larissa MacFarquhar
October 1, 2015
Arts & Entertainment, Business/Tech, Fiction/Literature, Social Sci/Politics
Lauren Groff
Lauren Groff, Julie Robinson
September 30, 2015
Arts & Entertainment, Fiction/Literature
Author Mary Karr
Mary Karr, David L. Ulin
September 24, 2015
Arts & Entertainment, Essay/Memoir, Fiction/Literature, Poetry, Religion/Spirituality
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Jeffrey Toobin
September 21, 2015
Current Events
Author Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie, Héctor Tobar
September 10, 2015
Arts & Entertainment, Fiction/Literature
painted portrait of Langston Hughes
Laura Karpman, Janai Brugger, Victoria Kirsch, Taura Stinson, David Young
July 29, 2015
Arts & Entertainment, Fiction/Literature, History/Bio
Meghan Daum and Leslie Jamison
Meghan Daum, Leslie Jamison, Molly Pulda
July 23, 2015
Essay/Memoir, Fiction/Literature, Religion/Spirituality
Ron Finley in a garden holding a rake
Ron Finley, Elizabeth Medrano, Neelam Sharma, Josh Kun
July 14, 2015
Arts & Entertainment, California/The West, Fiction/Literature, History/Bio, Science/Nature, Social Sci/Politics
bright pink dress on a dress form fallen over in the street
Lynell George, Marisela Norte, Frosty
July 9, 2015
Arts & Entertainment, California/The West, Essay/Memoir, Fiction/Literature, Poetry
old photo of Walt Whitman
Luis Alberto Ambroggio, Christopher Merrill, Sholeh Wolpe, Sahba Motallebi
June 30, 2015
Arts & Entertainment, Fiction/Literature, Poetry
a fancy menu that reads To Live and Dine in LA
Cynthia Hawkins, Ricardo Diaz, Josh Kun
June 14, 2015
Arts & Entertainment, California/The West, Fiction/Literature, History/Bio, Social Sci/Politics
Judy Blume smiling sitting in a chair
Judy Blume, Alex Cohen
June 9, 2015
Tracy K. Smith
Tracy K. Smith, Lynell George
May 28, 2015
Essay/Memoir, Fiction/Literature, Poetry